Actor Scarlett Johansson, who has been criticised for playing a transgender in Rub & Tug, has backed out of the film. The 33-year-old was doing the Rupert Sanders-directed mob drama, in which she was to portray Dante "Tex" Gill, a transgender man who owns a Pittsburgh massage parlour. But has now decided to quit the role, reports etonline.com. Johansson gave a statement to out.com.
"“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.”" - Scarlett Johansson, Actor
"“While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”"
Earlier, Johansson was criticized for playing an originally Asian animated character, The Major, in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. It was also directed by Sanders.
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